TAEL-103: DC and AC Electricity

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Tael - Electrical
Course Number
Course Title
DC and AC Electricity
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces DC and AC electrical theory, including electrical definitions, units of electrical measure, series and parallel resistive circuits, capacitance, inductance, AC voltage measurements, and AC calculations. Explores usage of meters and oscilloscopes.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction and Classroom Organization
  2. Static Electricity
  3. Resistors
  4. Series Resistive Circuits
  5. Parallel Resistive Circuits
  6. Series and Parallel Combination Circuits
  7. Measuring Instruments
  8. Wire Tables and Conductor Sizes
  9. Conduction in Liquid and Gases
  10. Alternating Current
  11. Magnetic Induction
  12. Switch Contact Configurations
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Describe the concepts of basic electrical theory and define the terms voltage, current, resistance, and power.
  • Demonstrate the use of Ohm’s Law and Power calculations in an electrical circuit.
  • Complete electrical measurements using electrical test equipment.
  • Describe the concepts of series and parallel circuits and explain the differences between concepts.
  • Calculate series and parallel circuit values.
  • Describe the concepts of capacitance and inductance.
  • Describe the concept of AC theory and be able to differentiate it from DC.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of how conductor size and type affect the flow of current and able to calculate proper conductor size in a circuit.
  • Calculate line loss in an electrical conductor.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Methods for measuring achievement of objectives may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Quizzes / Tests
  2. Laboratory Activities
  3. Mid-Term Exam
  4. Final Exam

Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Other Exam
Skilled Demonstration

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2023
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date